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USDA Offering Funding For Energy Efficiency Improvements

USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is providing funding for rural small business owners and farmers to make energy efficiency improvements or to install energy systems and is currently accepting applications for...more

Energy & Environment Update - May 2014

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of...more

Is the EPA’s Proposed Rule In Deep Water? Reactions to the Rule + Infographic

A month after its release of the proposed rule under the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA), seeking to define “waters of the U.S.,” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened up the public comment period on the proposed...more

EPA Questions Results Of DOE-Funded Study Finding GHG Emissions From Cellulosic Fuels

EPA is vigorously questioning results of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded study that concludes ethanol produced from crop residues such as corn stover can have higher lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than...more

Federal Bill Seeks To Establish Uniform GMO Labeling Requirements

Earlier this month, Representative Mike Pompeo, along with 4 co-sponsors, introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 4432). This bill sets forth three main objectives: it establishes a process for evaluating the...more

Barnhardt Manufacturing Earns USDA Biobased Product Certification Label

On April 11, 2014, Barnhardt Manufacturing Company (Barnhardt) announced that its HyDri™ Cotton product has earned a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label under the Department's BioPreferred...more

The President’s Methane Reduction Strategy – Here’s What Energy Companies Need to Know

President Obama recently released a Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions (Strategy) that sets forth a multi-pronged plan for reducing methane emissions both domestically and globally. Domestically, the plan is to focus on...more

Wrap-up of Federal Chemical Regulatory Developments for April 2014

EPA Makes TSCA Notifications Of Substantial Risk Amendable To Electronic Reporting: On March 19, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that notifications of substantial risk under Section 8(e) of the...more

Senate Agriculture Committee Holds Hearing On Advanced Biofuels

On April 8, 2014, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on "Advanced Biofuels: Creating Jobs and Lower Prices at the Pump." The following witnesses testified at the hearing...more

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Agriculture - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency - International - States -...more

No Bull: Santa Cruz County Rodeo Qualifies for CEQA Exemption

In Citizens for Environmental Responsibility v. State of California ex rel. 14th District Agricultural Association, et al. (3rd App. Dist., March 26, 2014), the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s decision to exempt a...more

White House Announces Methane Reduction Strategy

On March 28, 2014 the White House announced its Methane Reduction Strategy (“MRS”) containing the broad outlines of a multi-agency strategy to reduce methane emissions from four major sources: the oil and gas industry, cattle...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-06 - Mar 31, 2014

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Real World Implications of Forest Service’s New Process for Finalizing Records Of Decision

About a year ago, the Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) issued a final rule establishing a ?new and exclusive process for filing objections to certain proposed National Forest Service (“NFS”) ?projects and activities (78...more

Another Man's Treasure: Four Reasons To Consider Selling AG Waste For Energy

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series looking at the opportunity of biofuels and new sources farmers can provide. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts tremendous growth in the use of...more

From Problem To Profit: Agricultural Waste Is A Hot Topic In The Energy Sector

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series looking at alternative energy issues that could impact agriculture. From the perspective of biology, food is just a form of stored energy. When people count...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus - DWR must acquire properties before testing tunnel for diversion of water to Southern California - CourtHouse News - Mar 17: A California appellate court ruled last week that, before...more

The Womble Carlyle Economic Development Digest - March 2014

Womble Carlyle’s Economic Development Digest aggregates news, opportunities and legislation impacting business in the United States. ...more

News Of Note - March 2014

Court Of Appeals Affirms Decision Imposing Duties On Chinese Magnesium Exporter That Lied To The Commerce Department – Cole Pfeiffer and Joshua Snead – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last month affirmed a...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - March 2014

In This Issue: - President Obama Highlights Manufacturing And Trade Issues In The State Of The Union Address - United States And EU Join 11 Other Countries In Launching Negotiations To Liberalize Trade In Green...more

2014 Farm Bill Provides New and Expanded Funding for Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program

On February 7, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law the Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). The 2014 Farm Bill is a $956 billion legislative package that includes $881 million in mandatory funding for energy...more

Legislative Update Report - No. 2014-03 Feb 14, 2014

In This Issue: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Texas Environmental Update - February 14, 2014

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

New Law Eliminates Any Clean Water Act NPDES Permit Requirement For Logging Road Stormwater Runoff

On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed into law the 2014 Farm Bill, H.R. 2642. Section 12313 of the Bill (Silvicultural Activities) amends the Clean Water Act to make clear that a National Pollutant Discharge...more

Fish and Wildlife Service’s Proposal to List Lesser Prairie Chicken as “Threatened” Could Have Impact on Industries

On December 11, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced a proposed rule to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LEPC) as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). The LEPC is a ground-dwelling...more

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